Advisory: Grand Opening of National Museum of American History’s New Wing

Media only: 

Laura Duff  
(202) 633-3129 
duffl@si.edu

Melinda Machado   
(202) 633-3129 
machadom@si.edu

What: 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will reopen its newly transformed wing of the museum’s second floor to the public with a ribbon cutting, music and various activities.

When: 

Wednesday, June 28
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Where: 

National Museum of American History
Mall entrance, Madison Drive between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

Who: 

John Gray, director, National Museum of American History   
David Skorton, secretary, Smithsonian Institution

The museum will open The Nation We Build Together June 28. The four exhibitions on the second floor explore the founding principles of the country and ask, “What kind of a nation do we want to be?” Photo opportunities include visitors wearing Statue of Liberty crowns; a LEGO make & take; a ribbon-cutting ceremony; jazz, blues and conjunto performances and the debut of programs in Unity Square.

Schedule of Events

10–10:45 a.m.                         U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Trio
10:45 a.m.–1 p.m.                   Free Statue of Liberty crowns handed out (until supplies run out)    
11–11:30 a.m.                         Opening ceremony & ribbon cutting
11:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.            “American Experiments” activities in Unity Square
12–12:45 p.m.                         Conjunto band Los Texmaniacs
12:30–3:30 p.m.                     LEGO make & take activity (until supplies run out)
1–3 p.m.                                  Book signings: American Democracy; Many Voices, One Nation and Objects of Devotion  
1–3 p.m.                                  Smithsonian Gardens tours
1–1:45 p.m.                             Blues duo Rick Franklin and Jay Summerour
2–2:30 p.m.                             Greensboro lunch counter program

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